DARLINGTON — An additional hearing has been scheduled, and additional motions have been filed, in the upcoming Armin Wand III murder trial.
Wand, 32, Argyle, faces four counts of party to first-degree intentional homicide, three counts of party to attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and one count of arson in connection with the Sept. 7 Argyle house fire that killed his three sons.
A status conference in the case has been scheduled for Dec. 27 at 9 a.m.
On Friday, Green County Circuit Judge Thomas Vale granted one motion from Wand’s attorney, Guy Taylor, to select a jury from outside of Lafayette County, and to have that jury sequestered during the trial.
The ruling came one day after a motion from Taylor to move the trial from Lafayette County to the Green County Courthouse in Monroe.
Taylor also has filed a motion to dismiss the fourth intentional homicide charge, for the death of Armin and Sharon Wand’s unborn baby. The fourth charge was filed in mid-November, two months after the other charges were filed.
Wand and his brother, Jeremy, face first-degree intentional homicide charges for the death of Armin Wand’s three sons — Allen, 7, Jeffrey, 5, and Joseph, 3 — as well as injuries to Armin Wand’s wife, Sharon, and daughter, Jessica, 2.
Taylor also filed a motion to reconsider the motion granted by Lafayette County Circuit Judge William Johnston that Scott Thompson, the Monroe attorney whom the Wands hired to write a will, would be allowed to have his attorney–client privilege waived to be interviewed about what took place in meetings between the Wands and himself.
A motion hearing is scheduled for Jan. 17 at 8:30 a.m.
Armin Wand’s trial is scheduled for Feb. 25 to March 1.
A status conference for Wand’s brother, Jeremy Wand, is scheduled for Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m.
The Wands face life sentences on the intentional homicide charges, 60 years in prison on the attempted intentional homicide charges, and 40 years in prison on the arson charge.